Each year, Prince William and Kate Middleton delight the public by releasing a new photograph of their kids on each of their birthdays — but due to the online teasing Prince George received when attending a recent soccer match, royal expert Angela Levin revealed that the Cambridges might skip the tradition when he turns 8 on July 22.
"There are rumors that we might not see the photograph [of Prince George] when he's eight, because they've been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy aged seven, and I hope they can overcome that," she noted on True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.
However Sunday Times correspondent Roya Nikkhah, disagreed, stating, "I reckon they will put one out."
On June 24 and July 11, George was accompanied by his parents to Wembley Stadium, where they watched the Euro Cup finals. The tot enthusiastically cheered while wearing a suit and tie to match his father, but some of the public was put off by the appearance.
Because of the backlash, the parents-of-three are reportedly insistent on George taking a break from the spotlight.
"With George, he got quite a lot of social media attention," royal expert Robert Jobson said. "Some were critical about him wearing a shirt and tie like his dad, which I thought was very harsh."
"He has been very popular, but I think they are going to try and keep him out of the limelight a little bit," he explained. "They are very conscious of that."
Usually, George only makes public outings for official royal family events, but expert Duncan Larcombe believes he managed to convince his parents to let him attend the soccer matches.
"George absolutely begged to be allowed to come along. Kate and William are at pains to never expose the children unnecessarily to the cameras but he twisted their arm eventually," he shared. "That’s why Kate came, so that when William had to meet all the dignitaries, George could stay with her. He’s becoming a pretty big character and has both of his parents eating out of the palm of his hand."